Elizabeth "Betty" Jackson, 78, a resident of Russellville, passed into Jesus' presence on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, at Saint Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock.
She was born July 31, 1929, at Philadelphia, Pa., to Jay Harold and Viola Marie Wilde Walton.
She graduated from Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth, Texas, and taught elementary education for 15 years. After retirement, she was an active Bible study fellowship discussion leader for more than 20 years and taught Sunday School throughout her adult life.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Janet Ambler.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Earl Jackson; her children, Barbara Jackson, Bruce Jackson, Patricia Franklin, and Gale Vanooyen; a brother, Bob Walton; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were Monday at the First Baptist Church at Russellville with the Rev. Greg Sykes officiating. Burial was in Rest Haven Memorial Park at Russellville under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service.
Pallbearers were Scott Holcomb, Peter Holcomb, Robert Vanooyen, Josh Jackson, Glenn Franklin, and Glenn Richards.
The family wishes to express gratitude for the compassionate care provided by the health care team at the Saint Vincent's Hospital in her brief illness.
Memorials may be made to the Bible Study Fellowship International, 19001 Huebler Road, San Antonio, TX 78258.
Lynda Kathleen Bradley Hill, 55, of Morrilton, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008.
She was born on May 30, 1952, in Little Rock, a daughter of the late James L. Bradley and Helen Bradley Reichman.
Lynda loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Lynda is survived by her mother, Helen Bradley Reichman of Morrilton; her fiancé, Terry G. Bridgeman of Morrilton; one daughter, Kim Robertson and husband, Bryon, of Atkins; one son, Shane Hill and wife, Joy, of Morrilton; four brothers, Jimmy Bradley of Morrilton, Paul Bradley of Morrilton, Ricky Bradley of Blackwell, and Michael Bradley of Conway; three sisters, Mary Hilburn of Morrilton, Gloria Porter of Jerusalem, and Melissa Francis of Atkins; four grandchildren, Alycia, Aaron, Autumn and Raegan Hill and one great-grandchild.
Memorial services were Saturday at Bob Neal & Sons Chapel with Father Charles Thessing officiating. Cremation arrangements were by Bob Neal & Sons of Morrilton.
Leona Rolston, 67, of Russellville, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas.
She was born Aug. 30, 1940, at Sheldon, Iowa, to Alexander and Florence DeKraii Boone. She worked closely with her husband for several years managing different businesses. She worked at The Copper Pig for many years and also as a bookkeeper. She attended the Church of the Brethren in Sheldon, Iowa, and the Christian Missionary Alliance in Russellville.
She was preceded in death by her father and her grandparents.
Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Jerry Rolston of Russellville; a son, Ryan Rolston of Russellville; a daughter, Jodi Simpson of Russellville; her mother, Florence Boone of Sheldon, Iowa; two sisters, Carol VanBeek and Lola VanKalsbeek, both of Sheldon, Iowa; a brother-in-law, Ray Rolston of Spirit Lake, Iowa; and a sister-in-law, Jan Fritts of Waterloo, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 29, at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church with the Rev. Mark Wood officiating. Burial will be in Rest Haven Memorial Park at Russellville under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service.
Active pallbearers will be Vernon Howard, Jay Winters, Robert Paul Leavell, Roger Owens, Charlie Poynter, and Ellis Luningham. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Russellville and the Church of the Brethren in Sheldon, Iowa.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, at the funeral home.
Jessalyn Ramsey Davis, 60, let go of this life on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, at her home in Russellville where she was surrounded by many who loved her.
Jessalyn was born at Walnut, Ark., on March 27, 1947, to Jess and Pauline Ramsey. She attended Deer Public Schools where she met the love of her life, Melvin L. Davis. They were married on Feb. 18, 1968, and lived in Kansas City, Mo., for several years before moving back to Arkansas where Jessalyn worked for Arkansas Nuclear One until her retirement in 2003. Jessie was a wonderful person who enhanced life for all who knew her. She was truly loved and will be greatly missed.
Jessalyn was preceded in death by her father, Jess Ramsey of Deer, and her mother-in-law, Francis Davis, of Harrison.
She is survived by her husband, Melvin; her cherished only child, Donovan Davis of Fayetteville; and her precious granddaughter, Rayne Thone Davis of Russellville; her mother, Pauline Beckham Ramsey of Jasper and nine siblings, Jan Larson, Sheri Strick, Judy Schenk and husband, David, all of Jasper, Don Ramsey and wife, Kay, of Ozone, Pat Adams and husband, Bill, of Norfork, Kathy Lord and husband, Terry, of Kansas City, Mo., Carla Weeks and husband, Ron, of North Little Rock, Mike Ramsey and wife, Carol, of Keller, Texas, and Lisa Anderson and husband, Carl, of Texarkana, Texas; her brother-in-law, Eugene Davis and wife, Earlene, of Jasper and her sister-in-law, Pat Jackson and husband, Forrest, of Harrison; several nieces and nephews as well as special friends, Jim McWilliams, Linda Frala and Becky Pendergrass and numerous other long-time friends.
Funeral services were Friday at the Dover Church of Christ with Minister Micah Williams officiating. Burial was at Coleman Cemetery in Pelsor, under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service.
Pallbearers were nephews Mike Larson, Kenny Larson, Bert Breedlove, Jes Ramsey, William Schenk, Terry Lord, Sam Lord, Sumner Anderson, and Ramsey Anderson. Honorary pallbearers were Jamie Statler, Jeff Hudson and Ben Strick.
Phillip Wayne Turnbough, 16, of Plumerville, departed this life Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008.
He was a student at Morrilton High School and enjoyed playing softball.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Carrie Turnbough; and grandparents, Jewel Clark, Dallas and Carol Turnbough, and George R. Harris.
He is survived by his parents, Debra and George Harris of Plumerville; one brother, Jeremiah and Teresa Mathes of Atkins; two sisters, Andrea and Jimmy Stewart of Morrilton and April Mathes and Noe Pequeno of Conway; four nieces, Caitlyn and Erica Stewart, Camren Pequeno and Bailey Mathes; grandparents, Henry and Azile Clark of Atkins and Coma Harris of Plumerville; great-grandmother, Marie Payne of Russellville; and fiancee, Stephanie Flowers of Plumerville.
Funeral services were Friday at the Deerwood Assembly of God Church in Morrilton.
Interment was at St. Joe Cemetery in Atkins.
Arrangements by Larry G. Acklin Funeral Home, Morrilton
Kenneth Myers, 75, of Dover, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at his home.
He was born Sept. 30, 1933, in Jasper, he was the son of the late Alfred and Rosetta Plumlee Myers, was a member of the River Valley Bowling League in Russellville, was a Marine Veteran, a member of Southern Cherokee of Texas and worked as a truck driver most of his life.
He was also preceded in death by six brothers and a sister.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Daniel Myers of Dover; a son and daughter-in-law, James and Carolyn Myers of Atkins; a daughter, Pamela Lewis and her husband, Rocky, of Moreland; grandchildren, David Lewis, Valerie Lewis and fiancé, Chris Campbell, James Cantrell, Allica Helton and her husband, Andrew Helton; and two great-grandchildren, Andrew Helton II and Ayden Helton.
Graveside service and burial will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, in Phoenix Cemetery with the Rev. James Odell Chronister officiating. Arrangements are by Lemley Funeral Service.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Ivey, Junior Rudder, Roger Daniel, Dale Freeman, Robin Ivey and Brad Hyatt. Honorary Bearers will be nephews and friends of the family.
Scott Douglas Page, 18, of Russellville, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007.
He was born Nov. 27, 1988 in Russellville. He attended Pottsville High School and was a member of the London First Assembly of God Church.
Scott was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Page; paternal grandfather, Quinn Page and maternal grandfather, Roy Brown.
He is survived by his parents, Patty and Tom Willis of Russellville; his twin brother, Nathan Page of Russellville; a sister, Heather Dunaway of London; maternal grandparents, Allan and Marcell Hampton of Russellville; paternal grandmother, Lucille Page of Atkins.
Graveside services were at Saturday, March 3, 2007 at Rankin Cemetery in Russellville. Rev. Jerry Schlinker officiated. Burial was by Humphrey Funeral Service.
Braidon Jefferson Dowden, age 3 months, died Saturday, March 3, 2007, at his home.
He was born Dec. 8, 2006, in Morrilton, and was the son of Brandon and Desirae Dowden of Atkins.
Other survivors include his Poppaw and Namaw, Bo Vaughn and Dawn Vaughn of Atkins; Grandma Tracie Vaughn of Nashville, Tenn.; Grandma Joyce Dowden of Nashville, Tenn.; Great-nanny Carolyn Dennis of Nashville, Tenn.; Great-Papa, Lee Dennis of Nashville, Tenn.; Uncle Ryan Vaughn of Atkins; Uncle Kenny Jordan of Nashville, Tenn.; Aunt Jennifer Thacker of Nashville, Tenn.; great-grandparents, Ray and Ruby Cook of Ohio, and great-grandmother, Susan McArthur of Gallatin, Tenn.; two great-aunts, Terra Cross, and LeeAnn McKinley, and a great-uncle, Anthony Dennis, all of Nashville, Tenn.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at Union Grove Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. David Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery by Lemley Funeral Service.
Mary Kathleen McKinley, 58, died on Friday, March 2, 2007 at Conway Regional Health System.
She was born Oct. 5, 1948 in Morrilton, the daughter of the late Eugene and Verlin Maxwell Heflin. She was a homemaker and attended Pine Ridge Free Will Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lanny and Gerald Heflin.
She is survived by her husband, Carl McKinley of Atkins; two sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Angela McKinley and Dusty and Linda McKinley both of Atkins; three daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Cecil Adams of Hector, Rhonda and Jason Schuller and Lisa and Ray Adams both of Russellville; grandchildren, Faith and Cory McKinley, Ashley, Natasha, and Cecil Jr. Adams, Michael, Bryan, Crystal, Heather, and Jasmine, Jimmy Adams; one brother, Elton Heflin of Russellville; four sisters, Elsie Heflin of Atkins, Norma Heflin of Allred, Vonnie Heflin and Patricia Patrick, both of Atkins
Funeral services were Tuesday at Lemley Chapel with Rev. Jim McNutt officiating and intermenty was at Bells Chapel Cemetery. Arrangements were by Lemley Funeral Service of Atkins.
Barbara Forehand, 75, of Dover, died Monday, March 5, 2007 at her home surrounded by her family.
A daughter of the late William Clayton and Verna A. Ethridge Beliew, she was born Sept. 25, 1931 in Chicago, Ill. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Rogers-Rye Post # 2283 Women's Auxiliary.
She was the widow of Clyde Faucette Forehand, and was also preceded in death by a son, Jack Allen Forehand; a brother, Marvin Beliew; and a sister, Joyce Beliew.
Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, William Lee Forehand and Donald Wayne and Leigh Ann Forehand, all of Dover; two daughters and a son-in-law, Linda Joyce Forehand of Dover and Cathleen Ann Forehand and James Fossitt of Conway; nine grandchildren, Brian Forehand of Louisiana, Heather Jackson and her husband, Paul of Louisiana, Jeremiah Forehand of Missouri, Chrissy Webb of Arlington, Texas, Angela Ingold and her husband, Eddie of Oahu, Hawaii, Corey and Haley Fossitt of Conway, and Blake and Heath Forehand of Dover; six great-grandchildren, Karissa Webb, Hannah and Kyle Ingold, Connor Forehand and Ghanem and Nadia "Tumie" Mando; and an aunt, Helen Ethridge of Texas.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the Shinn Chapel, officiated by Mr. Donny Forehand, Mr. Micah Williams and the Rev. David Bishop. Burial will be in Forehand Cemetery near Dover, by Shinn Funeral Service.
Active pallbearers will be Blake, Corey and Brian Forehand, Michael McNew, B. J. Van Zant and Jim Fossitt.
Cortney Michelle Hames, 15, of Harrison passed away Thursday, March 1, 2007 at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.
The daughter of Allen Hames and Jeannie (Keeter) Hames was born July 7, 1991, at Harrison. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Western Grove, where she was a very active member of the youth group. Cortney was also a 10th grade student at Valley Springs High School. She was a member of the Perry County Riding Club and Arkansas Valley Horse Show Association.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandfather, Wayne Hames.
She is survived by her parents, Allen Hames and Jeannie (Keeter) Hames of Harrison; two sisters, Jerian Clarke and her husband, Steve, of Forsythe, Mo. and Megan Hames of Harrison; one brother, Joshua and his wife, Kesha Hames, of Little Rock Air Force Base, Jacksonville; one nephew, Matthew Clarke; paternal grandparent, Ann Hames of Center Ridge; maternal grandparents, Jerry and Peggy Keeter of Harrison; great-grandfather, Luther Keeter of Harrison; great-grandmother, Jeanne Rush of Jasper; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were Monday at Valley Springs School. Jack Searcy officiated and other speakers were Kelly Evanson and Charles Trammell. Burial was in Bellefonte Cemetery. Pallbearers were Allen Hames, Joshua Hames, Steve Clarke, Justin Keeter, Ryan Keeter, Connie Hames, Mark Zinser and Dr. Geoffrey Dunaway. Honorary pallbearers included Jeff "Buddy" Keeter, Brian Mortier, Damien, Michael and Austin Bidgood, Kary Hames, Western Grove First Baptist youth group, and students and staff at Valley Springs High School.
A memorial fund for Cortney has been set up at First National Bank of Green Forest.
Hazel Annette Lecy, 74, of Fort Smith, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, at Sparks Regional Medical Center at Fort Smith.
She was born Oct. 23, 1932 at Delaware to James Taylor and Margie Lucille Deeds Rollans.
She retired from Sparks Regional Medical Center as a Registered Nurse after 35 years of service and was a member of the Goddard Methodist Church at Fort Smith. Hazel loved the outdoors, was very caring towards others and was loved by all.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell Lecy; a son, Farrell Randolph; and two brothers, Olphus and John Edward Rollans.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Darryl "Rudy" and Tammy Fielder of Fort Smith; a brother and sister-in-law, Alphus and Linda Rollans of Porterville, Calif.; a sister, Helen Gentry of London; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday at the Shinn Chapel with the Rev. Wade Shownes officiating. Burial was in Graves Cemetery near Delaware, under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service.
The family will also conduct a memorial service at a later date in Fort Smith.
Active pallbearers were Doug Harlen Jr., Danny Robertson, Samuel Childers, Aaron Childers, William Scott, and Alvin McCoy. Honorary pallbearers were Roger Blair, Eugene Points, and Raymond Burns.
James "Jube" Rodgers, 69, of Atkins, died Saturday, March 3, 2007 at Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock.
The son of George Lathren and Clara Hoffsteter Rodgers, he was born Sept. 5, 1937 in Pottsville. He married Loneta Shipley, on June 28, 1957 at Russellville. He was a member of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church, in Atkins, where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher and Sunday School Superintendent. He was an Army National Guard Veteran. He worked at Ward's Furniture, DeSoto Furniture and Riverside Furniture for a combination of over 30 years, as Molder Operator and Lead Man. After his retirement, he worked part-time for Brooks Morton Hardwood Doors. He loved wood working and gardening. He was always offering a helping hand to anyone in need.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Nathaniel Flint Rodgers.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Loneta Rodgers of Atkins; a daughter, Phyllis Harris and husband, Jimmy, of Atkins; two sons, Flint Rodgers and wife, Debbie, of Atkins and Jody Rodgers of North Little Rock; seven grandchildren, Amanda Duvall and husband, Philip, of Atkins, Jordan Harris, Jesse Harris, LeeAnne Rodgers, Marisa Rodgers all of Atkins, Clayton Rodgers and Anthony Rodgers, both of North Little Rock; three great grandchildren, Lane Duvall, Andrea Duvall and Matthew Duvall, all of Atkins; two sisters, Betty Standridge of Atkins and Jane Morphis of Russellville; a niece, Brenda Mitchell of Atkins and a nephew, Mike Mills of Russellville.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at Humphrey Chapel. Bro. Dee Webb, Bro. Sonny Porterfield, Bro. Lester Barnes and Bro. Keith Shipley will officiate. Burial will be at Pisgah Cemetery at Pottsville, by Humphrey Funeral Service.
Memorials may be made to Bethany Missionary Baptist Church; 504 Davis Road; Atkins, Ar. 72823. Internet obituary and on-line guestbook available at www.humphreyfuneral.com.
Active pallbearers will be Clyde Aday, Roger Morphis, William Race, George Davis, Brooks Morton, and Jack Jones.
Virgil Dean Bewley, 80, of Russellville died Friday April 13, 2007 at Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock.
He was born in Atkins on Feb. 3, 1927, he was the son of the late Robert Lee and Susie Davis Bewley.
He was retired from International Shoe Company and Cities Service LP Gas Company. He was a Army veteran and was a member of American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars and Russellville Lodge #274. He was also a member of the Russellville First Free Will Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo Bewley.
Survivors are two sons and daughter-in-law, Gary Dean Bewley of Fairfield Bay and Terry Alan and Kimberly Allyson Bewley of Conway; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan Carol and Steven Hall of Russellville; four grandchildren, Jennifer Susanne Quinalty, Stephanie Dawn Bauer, Matthew Steven Hall, Taryn Elizabeth Bewley; great-grandson, Cayden Aaron Quinalty; four brothers, Ardis, Marvin and William Bewley all of London, Arvil Bewley of Russellville; one sister, Ruby Bernell Bewley Case of Russellville and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
Funeral services were Monday at Lemley Funeral Chapel with Rev. Billy Ellis and Steve Lawrence officiating. Burial was at Rest Haven Memorial Park in Russellville.
Pallbearers were Jerry Bewley, Greg Bewley, Kevin Bewley, Mike Case, Gene Bradley, Don Bewley. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Butts, Ronnie Bewley, Ray Motley
Janie Geniva Bibler, 74, of Russellville, died Friday, April 13, 2007 at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville.
The daughter of Jay Troy and Tincie Ann Duvall, she was born Oct. 15, 1932 in Atkins.
She was in Management with Continental Telephone Company for 36 years. She was a member of the Russellville graduating class of 1949 and the First Free Will Baptist Church of Russellville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband David Robert Bibler; and one brother, Thomas Lee Duvall.
Survivors include one son, David Michael and wife, Beng Choo, of Dover; one grandson, David Nigel Bibler of Fayettville; one sister, Bettye Veit of Fort Smith; two nephews, Keith Veit and wife, Patricia, of Springdale and Robert Veit and wife, Mary Beth, of Zionsville, Ind.; great-nephews, Ryan Veit and William Veit of Zionsville, Ind., Conner Veit of Springdale, Kyle Veit of Springdale; one niece, Carolyn Duvall of Mineral Springs, Texas; and a sister-in-law, Dorothia Duvall of Dallas, Texas.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at the First Free Will Baptist Church. Pastor Billy Ellis will officiate. Burial will be at Rest Haven Memorial Park at Russellville by Humphrey Funeral Service.
Active pallbearers will be Robert Veit, Keith Veit, Nigel Bibler, Jack Burris, Bob Jacimore, and Tommy Davidson; Honorary pallbearers are Layton Bowman, Sam Duvall, Randy Duvall, Toni Hernandez, Yiow Diong, and Bob Trusty.
Memorials may be made to Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, 386 Park Avenue south, 17th Floor, New York, NY. 10016 or the Arkansas Kidney Foundation, P.O. Box 453, Little Rock, Ar. 72203.
Virgie Megears, 80, of Russellville, died Thursday, April 12, 2007 at Russellville Nursing & Rehabilitation.
The daughter of John and Lou Cobb Scarber, she was born Oct. 25, 1926 in Lost Corner. Before her retirement, she worked at Con Agra Frozen Foods. She was a member of the Russellville First Assembly of God Church. She was also a member of the Arkansas Valley Arts & Crafts club, which she designed their logo. Virgie enjoyed oil painting, pencil drawing, designing clothing, sewing, quilt making, knitting, needlepoint, crochet, bead work, leather working, painted on leather, stained glass, wood sculpture, ceramics, modeling clay and designed signs.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Megears and her parents.
Survivors include her son, John Megears of Russellville; a brother, Albert Scarber of Dover; and a sister, Freida Standridge of Hector.
Graveside funeral services and burial were Friday at Rest Haven Memorial Park with Bro. Ronnie Morris officiating. Arrangements were by Humphrey Funeral Service.
The family requests memorials may be made to Russellville First Assembly of God; Children's Center; 124 East G Street, Russellville, AR 72801.
Joe Hastings II
Our friend, Joe Edd Hastings II of Centerville, departed this world on Monday, April 9, 2007, in Shreveport, La.
He was a volunteer firefighter with the Galla Rock Fire Department, a construction worker and a dear friend.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Preston and Pat Mosley of Dry Prong, La.; a brother, Heath Mosley of Lafayette, La.; four sisters, Heather Strother of Dry Prong, La., Melissa Mosley of Hermiston, Ore., and Chasity and Ashley Hastings of Tioga, La.; maternal grandparents, Odis and Pat Masters of Columbia, La.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by four children, Lane and Logan Hastings of Van Buren, Jacob Hastings of Russellville and Cody Hastings of Atkins.
His Arkansas family consisted of Craig, Bobbi and Sabrina Taylor, Tammy and Kim Blair, Jennifer Hastings, Kathleen Bailey, Bryen and Braxton Robison, Dave and Misty Taylor, Junior and Lonnie Smith, Mike Jones, Lisa Gortzmiller, Angel Linker and Nina Harrelson.
Funeral services were Friday at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Williana, La.
Pallbearers included Heath Mosley, Michael Stother, Ethan Masters, Craig Taylor, Bryen Robison and Junior Smith.